Who Pressed Mute On Uncle Marcus? | Nintendo Switch Review
Who Pressed Mute On Uncle Marcus? is the latest FMV (Full Motion Video) interactive adventure game from developers Good Gate Media and publishers Wales Interactive, and it is currently available on Windows PC, PlayStation, XBox, and Nintendo Switch. For the purposes of this review, I was playing on the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, with a review key that was very kindly supplied to us by the publishers via the PressEngine portal.
There is a content warning on screen as you start up a new game, detailing that the game content contains infrequent depictions of blood, violence, and suicide, and that it may not be suitable for younger players. There is a PEGI 18 rating, and viewer discretion is advised.
Someone has poisoned Uncle Marcus and it is up to you, playing as Abigail, his niece, to uncover the truth and find the person responsible. As with other FMV games, the story is played out like a movie on screen, and at certain points, you get to make decisions. These decisions will then affect the way the story goes from that point on, and as you collect more and more evidence through the game, this all gets stored in your evidence page. You are able to access this page at any time through the pause menu, and each character in the game has a section, where you can check which particular pieces of evidence you have gathered on them individually.
Who Pressed Mute On Uncle Marcus? is played out like a family Zoom call, with all the members of the family present. Everyone has gathered (online) to celebrate the birthday of Abigail's mother, and the theme of the gathering is a quiz, which is broken down into 4 rounds. You can choose to team up with the different members of the family for each round, where you can then play the quiz while you question everyone individually, trying to uncover who in fact poisoned Uncle Marcus. You go through a little conversation with Marcus prior to the online gathering at the start of the game, where he explains to you that someone has indeed poisoned him, with the deed having taken place at an in-person family gathering shortly before the time the Zoom call takes place.
As mentioned previously, all the evidence that you gather gets automatically stored in the evidence screen, and after you have played through the game, and through all the rounds of the quiz, you can start a new game. Any evidence that you collected in a previous playthrough will still be stored, so all of your subsequent playthroughs will add more and more evidence to your total so far, helping you to uncover who is responsible for the crime. There are 6 family members present at the birthday, so expect quite a few playthroughs of the game, as you can actually only accuse one of them of the crime, once you have gathered enough evidence to actually accuse them of it.
The game flows naturally, and as always with both Good Gate Media and Wales Interactive, they seem to have cast the perfect actors and actresses for each role, and it feels like you are actually watching a movie. In the settings menu you can adjust the volume and brightness, as well as select which language you want for the menus and subtitles, subtitle size and style. There is also a Streamer Mode, which will pause the choices on screen, for anyone looking to live stream with their chat involved, allowing them to help with all of the game's decisions.
If, like myself, you do enjoy a good FMV game, or even if you are looking to try one out for the first time, Who Pressed Mute On Uncle Marcus? is a great interactive murder mystery adventure game. It was ideal in handheld mode on the Nintendo Switch, and the subtitles were very clear to read on screen. I spent 5 hours with the game before uncovering the culprit, and that included a lot of replays. You get the option to skip previously viewed scenes on each additional new playthrough if you so choose, but I thought it was worth watching each of the scenes again, to help with the story. g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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